Trainee Research Technologists Scheme

The Trainee Research Technologists scheme is now closed for applications.

Whether it’s noise-cancelling microphones in the 1930s, the first transatlantic television transmission in the 1950s, Ceefax in the 1970s, digital radio in the 1990s and HD TV in the 2000s, or the challenge to ‘broadcasting’ brought about by the internet and interactive media, BBC Research & Development has led the way with innovative technology and collaborative ways of working.

And while the age of the internet continues to affect the broadcast industry, re-interpreting the very term “broadcasting” and providing new ways of watching and listening, R&D remains at the heart of the BBC’s commitment to innovate, and its mission to inform, educate and entertain.

Find out more about BBC R&D at:

Programme structure

Based in both Manchester and London, Research Technologist trainees are given three placements in different R&D teams, each lasting about eight months, over the course of two years.

This includes undertaking both technology research and the leadership of technology development throughout the BBC on a variety of projects; either as stand-alone smaller projects or as parts of larger projects where you’ll work with teams of more senior Technologists.

Project work covers the full breadth of broadcast, media and web technologies, and could include hardware or software development in areas such as audio and video signal processing, computer vision, video coding, IP and broadcast distribution, and the development of new kinds of user experience including interactive and immersive content. We are currently ramping up our work in high-speed networking, user experience design/testing, machine learning, large-scale computing and ‘Big Data’, so applicants with skills or interests in these areas are particularly welcome, in addition to those with broader interests across media-related technologies. You could also become involved with implementation – working with BBC professionals to put technology developments into practice in the organisation.

Trainees receive on-the-job supervised training and formal training courses run by the Centre of Broadcast Technology in Wood Norton.

After successfully completing the first year you will receive a 1-grade promotion, and after successfully completing the two-year traineeship, you can expect to be promoted to Technologist and begin to take on responsibility for projects that could change the future of the media industry. 

Salary & Benefits

We offer a very competitive starting salary of around circa £25,500 (outside London) or £29,000 (inside London). Trainees will also be eligible for the BBC’s defined contribution pension scheme, 25 days annual leave and a range of flexible benefits.

Requirements for applicants

The Research Technologist Trainee Scheme is open to everyone, but is a traineeship for only the strongest of candidates. Ideally you’ll need to be a high academic achiever, with a minimum of a 2:1 or equivalent in Electrical or Electronic Engineering, Computer Science, Physics, Mathematics, UX, interaction design, HCI (or closely related subject), or be able to demonstrate strong equivalent knowledge and experience.

You’ll also need to be highly analytical, with good communication skills and a real passion for technology, gained either through your degree or your interests.

Find out more about the scheme from our 2013 intake and on the Research & Development Traineeship page.


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